People who have had chicken pox are at a risk of developing Shingles later on in life. This painful skin condition affects almost 1 million people in the US alone. A recent study conducted by University of California, Los Angeles, has found that the ancient low impact Chinese tai chi might improve a person's immunity against this condition. This study was funded the National Institute on Aging and the results have been published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Study Findings
a. Tai chi is said to improve immune resistance of older people against the shingles causing virus.
b. 112 healthy adults, ages 59 to 86, who had chicken pox were studied.
c. Half of them attended tai chi classes thrice a week for three months and the other half were given health education classes.
d. Both groups were given chickenpox vaccine.
e. Their blood was tested before and after vaccination to determine their immunity against shingles.
f. Six months later, people who were given tai chi classes doubled their immunity against shingles.
g. 40 per cent improvement in immunity was seen when people were given tai chi classes and vaccination.